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What I've learned from writing 2,000 blog posts

Since this is my 2,000th article on Econsultancy, I thought it was an opportunity to share what I've learned over the past five or six years writing for this blog. 

I started out as a relative novice, but I've learned a lot along the way, and hopefully my 2,000th post is much better than my first.

Here are 20 tips for other bloggers...

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Q&A: TopRank CEO Lee Odden on integrating SEO, social media and content

As more businesses are jumping on the content train, we had a chance to talk to Lee Odden who just released his first book Optimize: How to attract and engage more customers by integrating SEO, Social Media and content marketing.

Odden gave us the scoop on why he wrote Optimize, how we can start integrating search, content and social media across our organization and how we can get the buy in we need for it to be a success.

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Microsoft forms partnership with B&N, invests $300m in NOOK business

Thanks to Amazon's dominance, it's easy to forget that traditional bookseller Barnes & Noble (B&N) has managed to build a decent digital portfolio of its own.

In the past, that has sparked speculation that B&N would eventually spin off its NOOK division, freeing its digital business from the baggage of its brick-and-mortar business.

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Dictionary of marketing swearwords. 1: Linkbait

Linkbait [ lingk bayt ] SEO noun: the process of creating and promoting content that's primarily designed to attract links.

Standard form: "we need to create some linkbait".

Active form: "that's an AWESOME piece of linkbait!"

Passive form: "...the client's just been sold three pieces of linkbait per month".

Modern form: "It's not linkbait anymore man, it's all about Likebait now". 

Here's some more detail on this swearword...

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Box, Microsoft fight back against Google Drive

After years of waiting, Google finally launched Google Drive this week.

Naturally, Google's entry into the online storage market raised questions about some of the companies that have established themselves in the space, such as Dropbox. Will Google make it harder for them to grow and thrive, or will it fail to gain traction?

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The mainstreaming of content marketing: ten implications

Let's face it, content marketing has gone mainstream. That kind of sucks, really, because it used to be a hugely powerful differentiator in most markets.

Soon it will just be the price of entry. Everyone will have a rich content library, so a new eBook or video won't be enough to make you jump out from that pack of pesky competitors.

So how will the world of digital marketing change when content marketing becomes the norm for everyone?

Here are ten predicions and what you can do about them...

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The social media meltdown and how to overcome it

Social media has opened up a huge opportunity: to engage directly with customers, to understand what motivates and interests them, and to increase the size of the audience for your content.

But it’s the very size of the opportunity that’s often the biggest problem. When marketing budget and resources are tight, where do you focus?

And how can you be sure the right message gets out to the right audience via the right channel and that the overall approach is joined-up and consistent?

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Ad agency as VC: WPP Digital invests $7m in mySupermarket

Over the past several years, Madison Avenue has made a concerted effort to cozy up to Silicon Valley and young technology startups.

And for good reason: with consumers spending more and more of their time online, the technology industry is increasingly important to brands. As a result, ad agencies have little choice but to keep up with technology and, if they're lucky, spot the next big things before they become big.

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Tumblr's CEO doesn't like ads, but he's going to sell them

How do you monetize a publishing platform that's home to more than 50m blogs and 20bn blog posts? If you're the twenty-something CEO of one of the consumer internet's most popular properties, you might consider advertising is "a complete last resort."

That's how Tumblr CEO David Karp described the advertising business model to AdAge less than a week ago, but a week is a long time in the internet economy and a lot can change very quickly.

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B2B content marketing: tips from Digital Cream

One of the key areas covered in our B2B Digital Marketing Trends Briefing is that of content marketing.

Built on the views and experiences of B2B marketers who attended Digital Cream London in March this year, one point that was recognised by all was the importance of effective content when looking to become visible on the web.

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Why online projects fail

Problems rarely kill projects. What kills them is failure to recognise and address problems.

A colleague said recently that online projects fail for three main reasons – poor governance, weak communication or problematic technology, and in roughly equal proportions.

I’m not sure I agree about the proportions, but the categories feel useful.

For a start, each has its own distinctive failure modes.

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Can social media accelerate the buying cycle?

The number of companies not doing anything with social media gets smaller and smaller by the day, but that doesn't mean that business has social media figured out.

Despite the increasing comfort that many companies and marketers have with social media, questions still linger about efficacy and ROI.

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